The former First Lady and Jimmy Carter’s wife, Rosalynn, died at 96.
From the time they met when Jimmy was three, and Rosalynn was born, the pair became the longest-married couple in the history of the United States presidential administration.
The former president said of the former first lady that Rosalynn was his equal partner in everything he ever accomplished.
He said she gave him wise guidance and encouragement when he needed it and that as long as his wife was in the world, he always knew somebody loved and supported him.
After defeating Gerald R. Ford in 1976, Navy veteran and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Carter became the 39th president of the United States. An energy crisis that had Americans stand in line for petrol and the hostage situation in Iran marred his one time in office. In 1980, Republican Ronald Reagan beat Carter.
While her husband was president from 1977 to 1981, Rosalynn was a personal envoy and participated in cabinet sessions. Her advocacy for women’s rights, care, and mental health earned her widespread recognition. Her spouse began hospice care at their Georgia home three months before her May dementia diagnosis.
According to the Carter Center, Mrs. Carter spent a significant portion of her life advocating for mental health issues on a national level. There should be less shame and more access to treatment for mental health disorders, she said. Dementia, a disorder that impacts mental health generally, affects one out of ten senior Americans.
There are only four types of individuals in this world, according to Rosalynn Carter, founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for caretakers: those who have been caretakers, those who are caregivers now, those who will be caregivers in the future, and those who will need caregivers.
In a memorial posted on X, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said she “spent her life assisting others.”
Several other prominent Democrats also paid respect. Al Gore, who served as vice president, praised her as a “wonderful leader” and noted that she continued their shared commitment to human rights, mental health, and the plight of children around the globe.
An online condolence book and a calendar of memorial activities and burial ceremonies have been released by the Carter Center, the nonprofit human rights organization the couple founded in 1982.